During [name]'s illness, did he/she drink much less, about the same, or more than usual?
much less or none
about the esame
Warning: these figures indicate the number of cases found in the data file. They cannot be interpreted as summary statistics of the population of interest.
If dehydrated, a child may take more fluids than usual. We want to know if the pattern of fluid consumption changed during the illness. Ask the question just as it is worded here. Read out the entire question, and circle the appropriate code for the mother's response.
For those children who had diarrhoea in the past two weeks, 'illness' in this and the next question refers to the diarrhoea episode. Disregard any additional illness these children might have had.
Get the caretaker's best judgement of the relative amount of total fluids actually consumed by the child. All fluids are included, not just special ones given during diarrhoea. For example, water, tea, fruit juice, breastmilk, and formula are included as well as special fluids such as oral rehydration solution.
Try to find out what actually happened, not what the caretaker thinks ought to have happened. An answer such as "A child with diarrhoea (or "A child who is ill") needs more fluids" is not satisfactory. You would need to ask: But how much did your child actually drink during this diarrhoea (or other illness, as appropriate)?
It may be difficult to estimate the relative amount of breastmilk taken by the child. The caretaker may make an estimate based on whether the child nursed longer or more frequently.